M'bah couple touch sporting lives
WHEN it comes to staying in touch with your sport, it's hard to go past Lionel and Kathy Alexander.
The two stalwarts of the Murwillumbah Touch Footy Association were recently honoured at a gala NSW Touch Association function at Bankstown in Sydney.
The couple were presented with the association's Blue Award for Outstanding Volunteering towards the Sport.
However, there should also be a prize for the Murwillumbah association officials who managed to keep the award secret from both Lionel and Kathy.
“I thought that Lionel might be up for something prior to the awards,” Kathy said.
“But we were told we should both be there and I thought that it would be just for me to see him pick up something.
“When both our names were called out, it was a real surprise.
“I certainly didn't expect both of us to get anything.
“It was a real honour to be presented with such an award in front of all your peers - it makes what we do very worthwhile.”
For Lionel, the award recognised about 30 years of involvement in the sport, especially in Murwillumbah, which has been affiliated with the NSW Touch Association since 1992.
Kathy has been a volunteer for the local competition for about 20 years, and both are now looking forward to yet another summer season.
As for finding out who might be next in line for an award, don't bother asking the Murwillumbah association - they are pretty good at keeping secrets!